“The DPR has uncovered massive diversion of petroleum products. This is because of a Special Intelligence Unit that we just created to intensify surveillance".

That's according to the DPR’s Director, Mordecai Ladan. He said this on the sidelines of a meeting of Zonal Controllers from 28 states and heads of division in Abuja.

DPR’s Head of Public Affairs Unit, Saidu Bulama, who spoke to newsmen on behalf of Ladan, said the marketers diverted the products meant for intervention in areas where there is acute shortage.

“The DPR has uncovered massive diversion of petroleum products. This is because of a Special Intelligence Unit that we just created to intensify surveillance.

“This unit goes about to give us reports, in fact, they work day and night.

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“We received a report that largely some of the diverted products do not appear on the manifest.

“About 162 trucks, slightly above nine million litres have been discovered to be diverted within the month of January and February.

“This gives DPR a lot of concerns and that was why the DPR gathered all the controllers across the country to make sure they further re-strategise and are given clear-cut directives as to how they should go about uncovering these sharp practices".

He said all marketers found to be culpable are to pay N275 per litre instead of the usual N145 to the Treasury Single Account.

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